We won’t be seeing David Fincher‘s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo until December 21st, but the first teaser that premiered this weekend blew pretty much all of us away, and the marketing blitz is continuing with a few posters cropping up online recently. So while we (thankfully) won’t be devoid of him for the rest of 2011, his future seems pretty open.

We know that he’s scheduled to direct 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for Disney, and that there’s also been talks of doing another version of Cleopatra with Angelina Jolie. Also take into account the pilot for the TV series House of Cards that stars Kevin Spacey and that he might also direct the other two installments of the movie trilogy that Dragon Tattoo will be starting, and you see that he isn’t slowing down. Now, we have another project to add to the pile for him.

Vulture says that he’s optioned Jason Starr‘s crime novel Panic Attack, which tells the story of “a New York shrink who shoots and kills a home intruder, then faces a media frenzy and the victim’s vengeful accomplice.” Starr will be writing the screenplay himself, while Fincher will produce it through his new company, Panic Pictures. The group is with Media Rights Capital, and this allows him to keep the ownership of his films, while having big Hollywood studios bid on them for distribution (and, of course, a fee).

The author is no stranger to film versions of his work, as his novel The Follower is being adapted by fellow writer Bret Easton Ellis. He said that he’s not sure of Panic‘s book-to-film timeline, but insisted that the villain would help make the story, adding that it has “a really compelling antihero in this guy Johnny Long,” and that he’s “a very clever, Ripley-esque psychopath.”

The question remains, though, if he’ll actually be directing it. As alluded to above, he’s somebody who likes to add on different projects for the future, if he ever gets around to them. There’s the mention of him possibly handing it off to another director at his company, but I think that really depends on how attracted he is to the source material. Crime stories are by no means something new for him, so it seems just as likely that he’ll get behind the camera for this at some point. No matter what he does next, though, I’ll be onboard, and I think many people feel the exact same way.

Here’s a synopsis of the book, thanks to Amazon:

“A bungled burglary sparks Starr’s darkly humorous crime thriller. Carlos Sanchez wasn’t expecting anyone to be home, much less have an entire clip emptied into him as he reached the top of the stairs of the brownstone he breaks into in Forest Hills Gardens, Queens. The gun-wielding psychologist, Adam Bloom, is almost equally surprised—instead of being hailed as a hero for defending his wife and daughter in his own home, the media vilify him as a crazed vigilante for using all 10 bullets. Even worse, the sociopathic Johnny Long, going along with his pal Carlos for an easy score, decides to make the Blooms pay in more blood for the incident after he escapes into the night by targeting the wife and daughter.”

Do you think it would be a good idea for Fincher to direct this? Does it seem like material he know well?

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